Bookish Thoughts: Bad Blogger…

Bookish Thoughts

Hello my name is Amy and I’m a bad blogger.  Specifically I’m bad at replying to comments.  So let me take this moment to apologize and say yes, I see you.  I do read and love all the comments that you all leave for me and about once a month the guilt racks up and I get around to a marathon reply session where I go through my blog posts and reply to all you that took the time to leave me a message.  So I’m off now to do some blogging housekeeping.  Such a bad blogger….

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 17

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Day 17: Favorite quote from a favorite book

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Now the original call for this post was favorite quote from your favorite book but I thought that was a tad spoiler-ish for day 30.  So I changed it to a favorite quote from A favorite book (meaning just one of the many you enjoy). If you’ve been here for a while then you know of my love of The Martian and the constant need to shove this book in people’s faces.  Go read it already. It was also a contender for a book read 3x but I thought it would also hold a couple other places on this challenge.  Yep, The Martian and Sherrilyn Kenyon, you are probably so sick of hearing about these two topics…  To bad.

 

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

August 30: Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related

This list was hard.  I’m over YA, I don’t read JF and I don’t have kids.  I usually stay as far away from a school setting as possible because I just can’t relate anymore.  That is why half of the book I on this list were read way before I was writing reviews.  I think there were only two or three series that didn’t make the cut for this list which is going to be ten books or series in a school setting that I enjoyed.

Ten books or series in a school setting

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) Starting off before reviews we have this great trilogy set in a Victorian England boarding school.  Of course being me this book has a paranormal twist but is one of the few historical books that I actually like.  Have not read anything else by this author but this was quite good.
  2. Twilight (Twilight, #1) Alright enough with the eye-rolls.  This book does take place in a school setting it is after all how Bella and Edward meet.  Actually being in school plays a pretty big role in the plot of this series as it is used to explain how the vampires can stay in one area for a longer time period if they keep going to high school.  I have to say to have to repeat high school over and over again with each move would royally suck.
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) Of course this is one of the classic or typical school setting series out there.  Who wouldn’t want to be a student at Hogworts!  Perhaps not when Harry Potter is also attending, but think of all the cool classes you could take.
  4. Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1) This was a fun series about a vampire going through high school trying to avoid the local slayer that used to be his BFF?  I think.  Its been a while….
  5. My Love Lies Bleeding (Drake Chronicles, #1) This is an abandoned series that I used to want to finish but now I’ve forgotten so much of what happen I think I might just let it be.  It was good though and I remember desperately waiting for the next release.  Then where I left off must have taken too long and I simply lost interest.
  6. The Testing (The Testing, #1) Now we are reaching the titles I have review for.  This was a kind of Hunger Games and Divergent knock-off but still a good read.  Takes place in parts of Chicago and Kansas I believe.  We follow a set of students that have been accepted to a prestigious school that’s sole purpose is to develop the next leaders of their society and of course they do this by making them battle to the death.  Don’t you just love YA….
  7. Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) The setting for this book and its companion/flip book that tells the same story from the other lead character’s perspective is set in college.  All I remember though is lots of organized fights and sex.
  8. Undeadly (The Reaper Diaries, #1) I read this one a few years ago and it was probably one of the very few zombie book I could make it through.  Maybe the only one.  It is also set in a secret high school setting.
  9. Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, #1) These last two books are from series in school settings that I am still following.  This one has like a million more releases to go before they get to Nick’s adult book.  Shoot me now.  I’ll read them though cause all hail Ms. Kenyon.
  10. Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1) This is the first book in a spin-off series in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world that I can not for the life of me understand why it needed to be a spin-off series when most of the characters and setting is shared by both series.  But how ever Ms. Ward wants to give us these books I am on board because it is still the brotherhood after all and I would so sign up to take classes from them if they did not mean risking my life.  Yep, I would have been cut that first night.  Still this is a great “spin-off” series and I highly recommend.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 16

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Day 16: Favorite female character.

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)

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Yep, my two favorite characters of the moment are from the same series.  Charley Davidson is my current girl crush.  The female character I most want as my BFF and not because it would mean spending some time around Reyes as well (but that would definitely be a nice bonus).  I love her humor and strength and morale fortitude.  Even without Reyes in the series I would still be up for the outrageous and touching moments that Charley brings to the world of literature.  With Reyes though we get an amazing chemistry that is simply out of this world.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Book Review

 


Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Book Series: Guild Hunters #2

Released: 2/2/10 by Berkley Sensation

Pages: 323  Price: $7.99 Ebook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

My Review:

This series is starting to grow on me.  It truly does remind me of the Chicagoland Vampire series but it also reminds me a tad of the Anita Blake series(well this book at least…).  The later of the two is probably the reason this book will receive the same rating as the last book.  I really don’t like zombies. Fortunately they were such a small part of the plot in this book that it didn’t cost it yet another star.

What I did enjoy about how this world continues to flesh itself out is that we got to learn a lot more about Angels and their culture in book two.  I so appreciated how Elena struggled with her transformation.  Being an angel did not come easy for her, she needed to learn the ropes and was able to find her way without compromising her humanity as well.  I also liked the changes I am seeing in Raphael as well.  I like how he is evolving, as he calls it.  I think Elena is going to shake up this society of angels in a good way.  By the looks of things they so need it.

We spent this entire book in the angel world so the conflict between Elena and her father stayed on the back-burner even though I so what to see the smack-down between these two,  I hope Raphael hits him with angel fire.  We did learn more or most of the tragedy from Elena’s past and while I saw some of it coming I think how Elena lost her mother is not what I was expecting.  We also learned about Raphael’s own troubled parental past and I think his mother will eventually be making an appearance in this series.

The chemistry between Elena and Raphael continues to grow and I like this paring.  I think Raphael’s seven will eventually too.  They are an interesting bunch and I look forward to getting to know them in future books.  It looks like some of them have their own stories in upcoming titles.

Yep, this one is so growing on me.  I want to dive right into the next title as these two return to New York but first I need to read a review ARC.  Soon, soon I will find out what happens next!

My Rating:

Monday Morning Check-In: Oy.

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday everyone.  Yes, today’s post is late.  I did not write it up before going away last weekend and this morning I needed to take an online class for work.  So I actually have a valid reason today.  I did notice this morning that the graphic I pulled for the 30 day book challenge is different from the list I have been working off of.  I most likely pulled them from two different sources and didn’t notice.  They are not that different so I am not going to update all the posts as I am half-way through the challenge.  I also noticed that I skipped day 12 over on Instagram when I left for Chicago so this morning I did not post a graphic there but instead did a short video explaining the day I missed and gave you a consolation kitten to say I’m sorry.  Tomorrow they will be back on track.  I also believe I need to take one or two more pictures and I have misplaced my list so I will need to figure that out eventually.

On the reading front, not a lot got done this weekend.  We did listen to a short audio book on the way out-of-town but I might not review that one.  We will see, maybe.  I did manage to pick up some great books at a Goodwill in Chicago and the hubby and I agree that we will need to take a thrifting vacation out there sometime.  We hit the outlet mall on the way home but after falling for thrift shopping I looked at all the prices in the stores there and I just can’t bring myself to believe $150-$300 is a fair price for a purse!  The same brand that I am carrying now that I picked up for $12 at Salvation Army is like $200 in the stores there.  I would hate myself if I paid that much for a purse.  I rather find something for an amazing deal second-hand than buy it new anymore.  I end up loving the item more knowing I got it for a steal at a store that is going to do good for people in need.  Okay, preaching done.  I need to finish up my current read and dive into a review request book for my favorite indie author.  Her second book in her sci-fi series is coming out soon and I am looking forward to seeing how the plot progresses.

Happy Reading!

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 15

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Day 15: Favorite Male Character

Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson #8.5)

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Favorites are subjective.  They tend to change as we grow as a reader and it was difficult for me to pin down one favorite male character because there have been many that I adore.  Often that changes with what ever my current read is or my last five-star review.  For the time being, and after much consideration, I would have to say that Reyes Farrow is my current favorite male character.  I love this world and the chemistry between him and Charley is amazing.  He is the perfect yin to Charley’s yang a strong dark alpha male with more than a touch of light in him.  Yep he is freaking amazing and my heart melts for him.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 14

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Day 14: Favorite book by favorite author

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22)

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This was a tough call but when I look back at some of the reviews I commented how this book would have received seven stars, one more than I wished I could have given Acheron.  The two books are of course linked being Ash and Styxx are brothers but of the two this one struck the stronger chord with me. My thoughts on the mater is that I spent so many books really disliking Styxx that once I read his story I fell for him. Hard.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 13

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Day 13: Your Favorite Writer.

 

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Those of you that have followed this blog for a while now know that Sherrilyn Kenyon is my favorite author.  No surprises there.  I’m not going to say that she is the only author I love, there are a handful of them on my auto-buy list, but she is hands down the author that I’ve read and enjoyed the most.  It was just over a year ago that the above picture took place.  Ms. Kenyon came to Chicago to launch her August book release in 2015 and I was so there. I still can not believe I was able to meet my favorite author in person and it truly was a dream come true.  Of course I embarrassed my self all over the place but oh well that happens when you meet someone you idolize.  If you wish to read about the book signing you can do so here.

 

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 12

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Day 12: A book you used to love but don’t anymore.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

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Okay, it’s not that I dislike or hate the book now it is simply a case of I’ve moved on.  I’ve moved beyond teenage drama, moved beyond the simplistic writing, moved on from the love triangle.  Twilight will always hold a spot in my heart and on my shelves as it is the book that got me back into reading.  It is the book that introduced me to the genre that I love, paranormal romance.  I thank you Ms. Meyer for all that you have done for me but I am over you and won’t be reading your new books.  I got tired of waiting for you to stop two-timing on readers with the movie industry and write another freaking book.  Sorry, you lost me.  There are other writers out there for me to enjoy that produce a book on a more regular basis.  As to Twilight I use to reread the series each year until I met a more sophisticated and adult plot in A Discovery of Witches and I’ve not picked this one up since.

Does the 30 Day Book Challenge sound like fun to you?  Why not join me!  Below is the graphic I borrowed off the internet, feel free to borrow it from me.  I will be posting pictures of the books I select each day to my Instagram account too.  Be sure to follow me over there to see my picture for today’s selection.

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